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2012-01-12 12:20:44

Placing a stent in a key artery in the neck is safer than ever in patients ineligible for the standard surgical treatment of carotid artery disease, according to a new study published online today in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. A team of researchers led by Dr. Jon Matsumura, head of the vascular surgery division at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, found the clinical trial PROTECT (Carotid Artery Stenting with Distal Embolic Protection with Improved System)...

Portrait of Worried Senior Couple
2012-01-01 08:31:07

Tiny areas of dead tissue located within the brain might be the cause of some instances of memory loss in older adults, a new study scheduled for publication this week has suggested. According to Alan Mozes of USA Today HealthDay, the study -- which was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and will be published in the January 3 edition of the journal Neurology -- looked at 658 men and women at least 65 years of age. None of the study participants had a history of dementia,...

2011-12-01 11:17:53

Genome-wide study into new gene functions in the formation of platelets In a study into the genetics of blood cell formation, researchers have identified 68 regions of the genome that affect the size and number of platelets. Platelets are small cells that circulate in the blood and are key to the processes of blood clotting and wound healing. In this genome-wide study, the team used a multidisciplinary approach to successfully identify new genetic variants involved in the formation of...

Taking Aspirin For Heart Health Not Worth The Risk For Women: Study
2011-11-29 06:25:25

Taking aspirin to ward off strokes or heart attacks is not worth the risk for healthy, middle-aged women, according to a new Dutch study published in the European Heart Journal. The researchers said that 50 women would need to take the medication for 10 years for just one to be helped - assuming they were all at high risk in the first place. "There are very few women who actually benefit," said the study´s lead author, Dr. Jannick Dorresteijn of University Medical Center Utrecht in...

2011-11-18 03:11:37

Factors such as low hemoglobin levels, increased systolic blood pressure, and male gender are linked to a higher risk of silent cerebral infarcts (SCIs), or silent strokes, in children with sickle cell anemia (SCA), according to results from a large, first-of-its-kind study published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). Silent strokes are the most common form of neurological injury found in SCA, with more than 25 percent of children with the...

2011-11-17 11:52:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Factors such as low hemoglobin levels, increased systolic blood pressure, and male gender are linked to a higher risk of silent cerebral infarcts (SCIs), or silent strokes, in children with sickle cell anemia (SCA), according to results from a large, first-of-its-kind study published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). Silent strokes are the most common form of neurological injury found...

2011-10-27 11:00:00

Million Hearts' goal to prevent a million heart attacks and strokes in five years ATLANTA, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the time needed to read out loud the headline on this story, someone has died from a stroke. Every 6 seconds, someone in the world dies from stroke. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in support of World Stroke Day, Oct. 29, 2011, asks Americans to take immediate action to reduce their risk for stroke. Stroke is one of the leading causes of...

2011-10-26 12:53:33

New research has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition affecting a quarter of a million Canadians which is expected to strike even more in the coming years, as the Canadian population ages. AF is the most common type of heart arrhythmia and puts those affected at a three to five times greater risk for stroke. Now, there is a new drug poised to battle the condition. "The majority of patients with atrial fibrillation need an anticoagulant....

2011-10-12 23:17:05

Estrogen may prevent strokes in premature or early menopausal women, Mayo Clinic researchers say. Their findings challenge the conventional wisdom that estrogen is a risk factor for stroke at all ages. The study was published in the journal Menopause. Researchers combined the results from a recent Mayo Clinic study with six other studies from across the world and found that estrogen is protective for stroke before age 50. That is roughly the average age when women go through menopause....

New Evidence That Chocolate Lowers Stroke Risk
2011-10-11 10:07:26

Chocolate lovers may have a new reason to celebrate: A Swedish study suggests that women who have a couple of small chocolate bars every week are 20 percent less likely to suffer debilitating strokes than those who abstain from eating chocolate. The study, published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, looked at more than 33,000 women and found that the more chocolate they ate, the lower their risk of stroke. This finding adds to the strong evidence that links...